The nice thing about a leasecar - if you also have maintenance included, is that you don’t have to worry about what happens if you get a flat tyre. You can just call us and we’ll point you to the right person who can help. So make sure you’ve got our number with you at all times while driving!
However, if you prefer to be a bit more independent, here’s the drill.
There are two scenarios with flat tyres, either
- you discover it when you get back to your car and its already parked and safe
- you’re driving along and hear a strange flappy sound, and at the same time the steering gets heavy
If your car is parked already, don’t move it. Deal with the problem there and then. If you’re driving, speed up a little to get traction then stop in a safe place - preferably where you can deal with the tyre without getting knocked down by a passing lorry! This means you shouldn’t try to do it yourself on the hard shoulder of the motorway. It’s just too risky.
Now, a word about the equipment in your car. For space saving reasons, many vehicles don’t carry a spare tyre. Instead a puncture kit is provided. If you’re able to locate the source of the puncture you can use this to patch things up and get you to a tyre replacement/repair shop. However, if you aren’t able to safely do this, a call for help from your breakdown service or to us is required so that you can get an expert on the job, or a lift to the nearest repair shop.
If you are the type who wants to do this kind of repair, you should always carry a reflective hazard warning triangle in the boot so you can alert other vehicles that you’re doing some work there - or at the very least, a reflective jacket so drivers can spot you easily. According to the AA, they also suggest the following:
- Your handbook, which shows you where to attach the jack
- Your spare wheel – make sure it’s got enough tread and is properly inflated
- Your vehicle jack
- A wheel wrench with extension bar and locking wheel-nut adaptor (if fitted)
- At least one wheel chock – something to stop your car from rolling when it’s up on the jack
- Gloves – there’s a good chance your wheel/tyre will be dirty
- Something to kneel on, like an old towel – the ground will be dirty too
- A sharp knife or cutters to remove any cable ties used to hold your wheel trims in place
- A torch
- A reflective jacket and strong, sensible shoes for your own safety
Before you start, get everything laid out and handy - your spare tyre, jack, wheel brace and locking wheel nut key (if you have alloys). Then make sure your handbrake is on and the car is in first gear.
To remove the wheel and tyre, first just loosen the nuts. This may require prising off a cover and using the key to unlock a nut on alloy wheels.
Now check your handbook for the place to use the jack, and raise the car so the wheel with the flat tyre is off the ground.
This is the point you can remove the nuts and take off the wheel. Don’t struggle too much, if it won’t budge call for assistance, because you don’t want to rock the car so much it comes off the jack.
Assuming it does come off easily, lift the spare onto the hub, line up the holes and put the nuts back on - this time until they’re tight. Once it is secure, lower the jack so the wheel touches the ground again and give the nuts a final tighten to make sure the wheel is fully secure.
A final word about tyres:
Your spare could be a space saver tyre so you can only go a maximum of 50 mph until you get a replacement.
Many of the new cars now have Runflat tyres. These tyres are specially made with reinforced rubber on the sides which means they stay rigid even when the tyre has a puncture. This means that you can still drive on it until you get to a tyre shop - but again, only at a maximum of 50mph. It is worth checking this, because with leasecars being new it is likely you’ll meet with this scenario.